As parents ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to find high-quality clothing and accessories for children. After years of making beautiful garments for adults, we have decided that it’s time to expand our collections and start making costumes for our most valued family members. “First Adventure” is stylish, fun and comfortable, and will make any child feel like the hero they are! All our designs have been tested on our own children to ensure they’re the highest quality possible - and in most cases, we had trouble getting the test-garments back from them because they loved them so much!
This listing is for a complete outfit, including the linen undertunic, linen surcoat, and linen belt. These items can also be purchased separately or in combination with different pieces from the collection.
The undertunic is inspired by some of our bestselling women’s chemises, which have been bestsellers for years due to their high-quality fabrics and comfort. The tunic has a tie at the front of the neck, which makes it easier to create room when taking the tunic on and off. The sleeves are tapered but not fitted, so they should sit comfy and loose. We have added additional gores to make sure you have lots of room to move, including four in the skirt which makes it drape nicely, and additional gussets under the arms to make sure you have lots of room to dance around and swing a sword.
The sideless surcoat is made to be an overgarment and is very loose and comfy. It has an A-shape silhouette, meaning it drapes nicely but isn’t by any means fitted or constricting. It’s actually super easy to run and move in this dress because of the sleeveless aspect of it - you aren’t in danger of catching voluminous sleeves on tree branches or having to worry about an additional layer on your arms. The head hole leaves lots of room to pull the tunic on. Sizes 98-128 of this dress also include eyelets and lacing at the left shoulder and sizes 134-152 include lacing at both shoulders to make sure it still fits tightly enough and does not fall off. The surcoat has been embellished with a pop of trim at all of the edges, including the armholes, head hole, and bottom hem.
The belt used in this set is made from contrasting linen and is long enough to be wrapped around the waist tight before being loosely tied. It has a small fringe at the bottom and includes a line of trim at the front that matches the surcoat.
We chose to use flax linen as the fabric for all of these items because we truly feel that it is one of the best historical textiles on the market. It’s so popular that modern companies are still making clothing out of it today! Though it starts out a little bit stiff, linen quickly softens with body heat to become a very gentle, moisture-wicking textile. We have also applied all of our tailoring expertise to this collection, ensuring everything is crafted with strong, neat seams, and hidden overlocking inside french seams where possible. Just because this item is for children doesn’t mean that we haven’t put in the same attention to detail as you’ll find in our adult costumes!
When preparing modern children for medieval clothes, we always recommend having a discussion about how it’s going to feel different. We have found that our children felt that the clothing was a little bit too tight at first, simply because historical fabrics don’t have the same stretch as modern knits, but that they became comfortable once they were used to the new feeling. Medieval clothing also doesn’t have zippers and other technologies that make getting into them easier, so some changes need to be made to their dressing technique. Instead of going headfirst like they’re putting on a modern sweater, we recommend putting your arms in first and then head, to ensure that your arms don’t get stuck.
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Pay attention to one important thing: most kids, especially when it comes to smaller ones, are used to wearing way softer clothing, which is usually made of extremely soft and stretch fabric. So there is a chance your kid won't be happy dealing with medieval clothes limitations and natural fabric early on. As we experimented on our own kids, statistically all of them get used to this after a while – normally when linen gets softer and shapes a tad on the owner's body. But please be very conscious about it in the beginning and make sure your kid is really comfortable with the medieval costume. We tried our best to make this clothing as comfortable and loose and flowing as possible, but natural fabric and ancient patterns have their disadvantages, so the final decision is on you: we can't guarantee that any kid will be comfortable wearing our medieval clothes.
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